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  • Floreyby Lennard Bickel

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2015; US$ 7.99

    It wouldn't be for years after that fateful day when Alexander Fleming sneezed on a petri dish and stumbled upon Penicillin, that the almost miraculous power of this mould would transform the lives of every person on the planet. In Florey, The Man Who Made Penicillin we follow the life of Howard Walter Florey, who worked tirelessly for years with... more...

  • Girl in the Darkby Anna Lyndsey

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2015; US$ 24.95

    A gorgeous memoir of an unthinkable life: a young woman writes of the sensitivity to light that has forced her to live in darkness, and of the love that has saved her.         "Something is afoot within me that I do not understand, the breaking of a contract that I thought could not be broken, a slow perverting of my substance."      Anna was... more...

  • Irritable Heartsby Mac McClelland

    Flatiron Books 2015; US$ 28.99

    "I had nightmares, flashbacks. I dissociated... Changes in self-perception and hallucinations?those are some of my other symptoms. You are poison, I chanted silently to myself. And your poison is contagious." So begins Mac McClelland?s powerful, unforgettable memoir, Irritable Hearts . When thirty-year-old, award-winning human rights journalist Mac... more...

  • Alexby Frank Deford

    Open Road Media 2015; US$ 9.99

    The inspiring story of one little girl?s bravery in the face of an unrelenting disease In 1971 a girl named Alex was born with cystic fibrosis, a degenerative genetic lung disease. Although health-care innovations have improved the life span of CF patients tremendously over the last four decades, the illness remains fatal. Given only two years... more...

  • He Wanted the Moonby Mimi Baird; Eve Claxton

    Crown/Archetype 2015; US$ 25.00

    A mid-century doctor's raw, unvarnished account of his own descent into madness, and his daughter's attempt to piece his life back together and make sense of her own.   Texas-born and Harvard-educated, Dr. Perry Baird was a rising medical star in the late 1920s and 1930s. Early in his career, ahead of his time, he grew fascinated with identifying... more...

  • Sickenedby Julie Gregory

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 16.00

    A young girl is perched on the cold chrome of yet another doctor?s examining table, missing yet another day of school. Just twelve, she?s tall, skinny, and weak. It?s four o?clock, and she hasn?t been allowed to eat anything all day. Her mother, on the other hand, seems curiously excited. She's about to suggest open-heart surgery on her child to "get... more...

  • Happyby Alex Lemon

    Scribner 2009; US$ 16.00

    His freshman year of college, Alex Lemon was supposed to be the star catcher on the Macalester College baseball team. He was the boy getting every girl, the hard-partying kid everyone called Happy. In the spring of 1997, he had his first stroke. For two years Lemon coped with his deteriorating health by sinking deeper into alcohol and drug abuse. His... more...

  • This Won't Hurt a Bitby Michelle Au

    Grand Central Publishing 2011; US$ 11.99

    Michelle Au started medical school armed only with a surfeit of idealism, a handful of old ER episodes for reference, and some vague notion about "helping people." This Won't Hurt a Bit is the story of how she grew up and became a real doctor. It's a no-holds-barred account of what a modern medical education feels like, from the grim to the ridiculous,... more...

  • Yes Sister, No Sisterby Jennifer Craig

    Ebury Publishing 2010; US$ 11.18

    'What is your name?' she asks, staring at me. 'Jennifer Ross.' 'Jennifer Ross, Sister . Well, Nurse Ross, you are dressed in the uniform of a nurse from the Leeds General Infirmary. Such a uniform is not worn with a cardigan. Take it off at once.' 'Yes Sister.' I can feel my face turn red. A trainee nurse in the... more...

  • The Fight of my Lifeby Barbara Clark

    Hodder & Stoughton 2011; US$ 10.15

    Barbara Clark is a former nurse, foster carer and mother of two children, one with special needs, and was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer in February 2005. During her treatment, she found that there was a drug existing, Herceptin, that would double survival chances for her particular form of cancer from 14%. However, it wasn't available... more...